Never had a dream come true by Jennifer Wenn – Review

Lady Penelope de Vere has been in love with Rake for as long as she can remember, daydreaming over him constantly. But as her debut in the ton comes closer, she decides to finally let go of her silly childhood dream and accept someone else’s wish to court her, someone who appreciates a quiet, book-filled life as she does. She wants marriage and, despite all the hints she throws his way, Rake only wants a mistress…she thinks.

Lord Richard Darling has known Penny since she was a child and not once thought of her as anything but his niece’s best friend and a very convenient scone-fetcher. That is, not until he happens upon her swimming in the lake at Chester Park dressed only in her thin chemise. A most eligible bachelor with a libertine reputation, he suddenly finds the girl he’s always appreciated has turned into a woman he could love forever. So why won’t she accept his proposal?

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Jennifer Wenn has been a great lover of romantic books since she read her first historical romance at a tender age. When not enjoying life with her husband and their four children, she spends every last precious minute writing.

My not so official bio is that I’m a proud mother of four monsters, living on the west coast of Sweden in a house that has been constantly enlarged during the last couple of years by my poor husband. I work as a financial manager at our local Community College and spend all my free time with my family, and late at night, when the kids are asleep, I write. Oh, and I have a cat that thinks he rules us all (embarrassingly enough that’s true), an aquarium with fishes and soon two rabbits.

Links to the book:

My website: http://jenniferwenn.wordpress.com/books/the-royal-family/never-had-a-dream-come-true/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18459170-never-had-a-dream-come-true

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My Review –

Never Had a Dream Come True is a wonderful historical romance. It has a sweet young girl and a devilishly handsome rake and you just know their worlds are going to collide in a wild way.

I love historical romances and this was a fun read. I am looking forward to reading all of the books in this set. The writing is outstanding and the story had romance and humor. It definitely deserves a five-star rating.

“All I wanted was to be alone with her during the first months of our marriage, so we could have time to adjust to our new life together and get to know each other, body and soul. But Penny, my lovely little dove, missed the part of me hiding in a house with her as her husband and thought I was telling her I wanted to put her in a house as my mistress.” “What?” Hannibal booted with laughter. His large shoulders shook so much his wavy white hair bounced upon his head. “That’s hilarious. My God, how I would like to have heard that conversation. You-my wicked libertine son-giving up your bachelor lifestyle for this slip of a girl, while she accuses you of wanting to turn her into your mistress. Truly hilarious.”

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The Marriage Pact and The Marriage Season – Linda Lael Miller – Reviews, Giveaway

9780373778928.inddThe women of Bliss County have a pact—to find husbands. The right husbands.

One already has: Hadleigh Stevens, who married rancher Tripp Galloway a few months ago. Now Melody Nolan thinks it’s her turn. Melody has recently found success as a jewelry designer, and her work is the focus of her life. She’s not exactly unhappy, but she wants more. She’s always been attracted to Spence Hogan, the local chief of police, but she’s convinced that Spence, a notorious charmer, isn’t what you’d call husband material.

Spence is a good cop who isn’t scared of anything—except love. And he’s done everything he can to preserve his reputation as a womanizer—a reputation that keeps marriage-minded women, including Melody, at bay. And yet…there’s something about Melody he can’t forget. Something his heart can’t ignore.

The women of Bliss County have a pact—to find husbands. The right husbands.One already has: Hadleigh Stevens, who married rancher Tripp Galloway a few months ago. Now Melody Nolan thinks it’s her turn. Melody has recently found success as a jewelry designer, and her work is the focus of her life. She’s not exactly unhappy, but she wants more. She’s always been attracted to Spence Hogan, the local chief of police, but she’s convinced that Spence, a notorious charmer, isn’t what you’d call husband material.

Spence is a good cop who isn’t scared of anything—except love. And he’s done everything he can to preserve his reputation as a womanizer—a reputation that keeps marriage-minded women, including Melody, at bay. And yet…there’s something about Melody he can’t forget. Something his heart can’t ignore.

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TheMarriageSeason_BookCover (1)Linda Lael Miller’s New York Times bestselling Brides of Bliss County series returns to Mustang Creek, Wyoming, to see if a marriage pact formed by three best friends—to not only find husbands, but find the right husbands—will be fulfilled in THE MARRIAGE SEASON (Harlequin HQN, June 2015, $7.99 U.S./ $9.99 CAN.).

Since Hadleigh, Melody and Bex—the best of best friends—entered into a marriage pact, two of them have found (and married) the men of their hearts. Bex has watched as Hadleigh and Melody have found love— true love—with the right men, and she doesn’t think she’ll be as fortunate as the others. Her own first love died years ago in a faraway war, and Bex has lost hope for a happy marriage of her own. So instead, she concentrates on her business, a thriving chain of fitness clubs. After all, if she can’t be successful in love, she can definitely be successful in work.

Then, single father Tate Calder comes to Mustang Creek with his two sons in tow. The boys befriend Bex’s eight-year-old nephew, meaning that she and the handsome, aloof newcomer are constantly thrown together. But is the marriage season over? Or can a man with doubts about love be the right husband for a woman who wants it all and won’t settle for anything less? Bex wonders if she may be the third bride of Bliss County after all…

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My Review – 

I am a huge fan of Linda Lael Miller and have been for over twenty years. I love her stories and her characters and every chance I get, I jump on the train to review her books. The trilogy, The Marriage Pact, The Marriage Charm, and The Marriage Season are part of a trilogy and the stories of three women, Hadleigh, Melody and Bex, who have been the best of friends since they began school.

The books, The Marriage Pact, The Marriage Charm, and The Marriage Season are part of a trilogy and the stories of three women, Hadleigh, Melody and Bex, who have been the best of friends since they began school.

The stories are full of love and laughter, and always contain a little intrigue. I enjoyed reading each of these stories, as where one left off, the next began. The stories are intriguing and fun to read. The trilogy would be a great start to your summer romance reading schedule. I highly recommend the books.

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“Yeah, it’s true. Tripp heard them talking about it last night. Somehow boys think they’re whispering, but the truth is, they aren’t at all. They’re worse than deaf old ladies in church.

“We need some space.” He didn’t disagree. “I might go for a quick walk.” Bex laughed weakly. “It’s cold out.” “That might help.” “I’ll go put on my flannel pajamas.” He stood up. “Just button them all the way to the neck and be snoring when I get back. Some drool would be good too.” “I don’t…” “Well, start, if you have any regard for me at all.” Once he’d stalked outside, she had to stifle a burst of laughter. He didn’t even take his coat.

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Steady as You Go by Cheryl Murnane – 5 stars

Three lives are forever changed when fate intervenes. As a young girl, Maggie’s world was shattered by the unexpected death of her father. When she meets Tim in college, Maggie realizes that his cautious lifestyle was exactly what she is seeking. Tim loves protecting his wife and sheltering her from life’s pains, but he soon finds that life has a tendency to disrupt even the best intentions when their carefully planned future is turned upside down after they receive startling news. Will is mending a broken heart after the woman he loved leaves him. When a chance encounter with Tim develops into a treasured friendship, Will finds himself drawn into the struggles of Tim’s life, as Tim and Maggie grapple with the realization that their life will never be the same. As time slips away for Tim, he knows Will is his only chance to keep Maggie safe and provide her with the security she craves, but Maggie is torn about letting her guard down with the type of man who yearns for adventure. Could it be in Will’s destiny to open his heart to love one more time?

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Author CHERYL MURNANE lives in a suburb of Boston with her husband, two children, and dog, Mitzi. “During the Fall” is Cheryl’s first novel. As a practitioner of yoga, she lives a disciplined life, balanced by faith and family, and she believes that everything happens for reasons we may not always understand. Cheryl loves to hear from fans at http://www.facebook.com/cherylmurnaneauthor or at her website http://www.cherylmurnane.com

My thoughts –  

Steady as You Go is a heartfelt story of a chance meeting, a deep friendship, and a dying man’s last wish. Steady as You Go proves once more that while we are busy making plans, life happens – and even the most methodical can arrange only so much before the true plan for our lives takes over.

Steady as You Go is Cheryl’s second book and like the first, tells an inspirational story of a deep and profound love between a husband and a wife. In a world full of self-centered people, there are still those who possess wonderful qualities. They love deeply. They care deeply, and they are truly kind-hearted. In Steady as You Go you will meet a husband, who upon learning he is dying, reaches past his own pain to ask his closest friend to carry out his last wish.

This story of unselfish love will have all of us looking deep into our hearts to see if we could ever measure up to this book’s hero. Steady as You Go will make you laugh and make you cry. It is well-written and full of emotion.

I am giving the book 5 stars.

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Eileen Richards – Cover Reveal An Honorable Wish and An Unexpected Wish

Eileen Richards Double Cover Reveal

 

 

An Honorable Wish

An Unexpected Wish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Honorable Wish 

After a disastrous season in London, Juliet Townsend returns home with a new focus – to be independent. Who needs to get married anyway? While her sister, Sophia, enjoyed her popularity, Juliet was planning a life on her own, and not under the thumb of some man. After a tragic carriage accident takes his best friend after a night of debauchery, Tony Matthews comes home to settle down, get married and find an estate to buy. Sophia, jealous of Tony’s attention to Juliet, issues the challenge and Tony is the prize.

Research for Juliet’s novel provides the excuse for spending time with Tony and keeps him away from her sister. The only problem is his kisses tempt her to give up her plan for independence, inciting a passion she didn’t think she was capable of feeling. When Tony finds out he’s been the prize in the game between the sisters, he’s furious. He retreats to his new estate. Juliet, now ruined, has no choice but go to Scotland until the scandal passes. Her letters of apology go unanswered. Her plan for independence no longer matters. She has lost real love and may never see it again. Sophia meddles again by letting it slip that Juliet might have to marry in Scotland. Tony goes to Scotland convinced she’s pregnant with his child and will only marry him. He convinces her he loves her and forgives her and that she’s free to write as many books as she wishes if she will only marry her. They marry in Scotland and return to Beetham as man and wife.

An Unexpected Wish

Anne Townsend has given up on finding a husband for herself. At 27, she is firmly on the shelf and resigned to her fate.  Instead she’s settled with finding a husband for her beautiful sister. But a mischievous fairy derails all her plans by making her the most wanted young lady in the village. Suddenly she’s tripping over suitors and has no idea how to handle it.

Nathaniel Matthews has returned to Beetham for one purpose: to prevent his younger brother from an imprudent match to the daughter of his enemy. The elder Townsend played a key role in his father’s death.  Instead of preventing the marriage, he finds himself wildly attracted to Anne Townsend.

Anne is determined to resist all the overtures from the single men in the village save one. Nathaniel Matthews, the man preventing the marriage that would save her and her sisters from starvation, is the one man she can’t seem to resist.

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Author Eileen Richards has been writing for most of her life. Poetry, totally inappropriate answers to essay questions in school, and interesting error codes during her 30 year IT career has prepared for the manic world of publishing.

She writes sassy regency romps set in the small villages of England where the rules are bent a bit and gossip rules the day.

Eileen resides with her husband and their diva of a greyhound in North Carolina.

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From the Heart – What we all long for

         I was reading an email that I received today and it immediately brought to mind my first marriage. The topic was about longing for a person to turn to, someone to defend you, and keep you safe.

Marriage Day
Marriage Day (Photo credit: Fikra)

The reason I thought of my ex-husband was I did not receive this acceptance and love from him. He never defended me, in fact, he often belittled me and told lies about me. I learned the difficult lesson that without mutual love and respect, the relationship does not prosper and grow; it falters.

Maybe I am a little old fashion, but my core beliefs are a husband/wife should love his wife/husband unconditionally. He should be willing to do battle for her – not against her, and above all, he should respect her. This was not what I found in my first marriage. I have heard my ex-husband’s family described as mean. Sadly, I would have to agree. I have bore witness to it on too many occasions; and since the divorce -16+ years ago-, some of the meanness has developed into hatred towards me; and the relationships with my daughters directly affected by the detestation.

When I met my husband -Hubby-, I knew that I would not settle for less than I deserved. Love and respect had to be part of the package, or there would be no relationship. Having gone through a similar marriage and divorce, he felt the same. It was hard for me to trust in the beginning, but with him as a light in my life, I learned how to trust again.

My marriage today is abundant in love, trust, respect, forgiveness, and a faith in God to guide us. Our marriage has been like the bed of roses in my garden. There are beautiful blooms, but there have also been pricks from thorns along the way. With God’s help, we continue to prune the thorns. It is the definition of a marriage blessed by God, and one that nurtures both my husband and myself.

I hope this post leaves you pondering, and I invite you to comment. What is your definition of marriage? Is there something you long for?

Thank you for visiting with me today.

Donna

 

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Lessons I’ve Learned

        There was time in my life when I allowed another’s lies to define who I was.

       That was a lifetime ago; and that time has ended.

       I don’t know why God put this on my heart today. Maybe with all the violence and ugliness going on in the world, we all need to be reminded to love one another. Maybe someone needed the message I had to impart.

       We learn, as Christians, to see Jesus when we look at people; but how many of us actually have that thought running rampant through our mind every second of our busy days?

       My former mother-in-law never missed an opportunity to voice to my mother that she told her son he should not have married me – and this was while we were married. Do you think she was seeing Jesus when she spoke those words to another mother? Truth be told, it would actually hurt me to voice that sentiment to another mother. I identify with other’s feelings on too deep a level to ever consider voicing such a hurtful comment. 

        I remember a time when my former husband and one of his co-workers went fishing for the day. At the end of the day, after cleaning the catch, we shared a meal with the other family. As women will do, we talked as we stood in the kitchen preparing the meal. I was surprised – or perhaps not – when she very candidly told me that her husband had told her of a conversation he had with my then husband. In that conversation, he said that I was a bitch. There is no other way to phrase that particular word – my apologies. She went on to tell me that her husband said that he was told I did nothing but scream and yell and fuss all of the time.

       Anyone who knows me will tell you I do not handle matters in that particular way. I am a person who holds their anger inside. I rarely ever show my anger or hurt. I detach and become very quite. That doesn’t mean I am not human. I am, and I have been known to slam a few doors – loud and hard – did I mention loud and hard – but screaming is not something I do. I do not like confrontation, and I avoid it whenever possible.

Ephesians 4:29 – “Don’t let any foul words come out of your mouth. Only say what is helpful when it is needed for building up the community so that it benefits those who hear what you say.” 

        I asked this woman, if after getting the chance to know me, if she still thought that I was this kind of person. I did not let on, but I was extremely hurt when she replied that she did in fact still believe all that she had heard, because she did not feel that my former husband would lie – which said to me that she thought I was lying when I denied the allegations. What I wanted to do at that time was grab my daughters and leave. I did not want to stay in a place that was detrimental to my emotional well-being. I could feel myself shutting down, and pasting on that fake smile.

       What I did was hide my hurt and anger inside of me, and stayed for dinner. I never told anyone how devastating that conversation was to me. Little did I know that it would become one of many such conversations in the years to come.

Colossians 4:6 – “Your speech should always be gracious and sprinkled with insight so that you may know how to respond to every person.”

        Ever since that night, when the thoughts come back to haunt me, I get angry with myself. I am angry because I did not stand up for myself. I am angry because I did not confront my ex-husband. I am angry because another person believed his lies. I am angry because I let what this person believed bother me. I am angry because I wish the memory would vanish. And, that, is not very Christian like either.

       And, then I think, maybe the memory comes back to remind me that I am worthy. I am worthy of Jesus’ love. I do not need people like this woman in my life because they make me feel like less than. And, to feel less than, is an insult to God. It is also a lesson that we need to know and remember. Lies hurt; lies maim; lies destroy; and lies kill. Lies destroy a person’s spirit; what lies within.

Proverbs 14:1 – “A wise woman builds her house, while a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands.”

       For a while, the WWJD – What would Jesus do – bracelets were extremely popular. It seemed as though everyone was wearing some form or another of the symbol. I wonder if our actions would be significantly different if we had WWJD branded on our foreheads. While it sounds like a farfetched idea, I urge you to think about it for a moment. When we opened our mouths to lie, or to gossip, would we continue or would we close our mouths?

A "What Would Jesus Do?" (WWJD) bracelet

        This story brings me to a lesson we need to remember. Everyone is of God. And, to insult or lie or belittle another person, is to belittle God, our creator. For that reason, when we see or speak to others, we need to remember one of the greatest lessons of all – look for Jesus in each face we see and not be led astray.

       As always, I encourage you to share your opinions and experience, and/or questions. Remember to show courtesy to others in your comments.

 

Donna

 

 


 

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